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Juba National University, commonly referred to
as the University of Juba, is located in the
northern suburbs of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan but named after the capital of Southern Sudan,
In 2006, the Government of Southern Sudan's Ministry of
Education agreed to change its name to Juba National University. At
present it is the only university in Sudan which maintains English
as its language of instruction after the Islamic revolution, to
meet the needs of its largely southern Sudanese non-Arabic speaking
students and benefit from international teaching material.
It mostly serves students from the ten southern states of
Southern Sudan, and Sudan in general. Juba University is in the
process of being transferred from a Khartoum campus to the capital
Sudan Juba City
Juba University was founded in response to the need for higher
education in Southern Sudan.
The primary objectives of the University, as stipulated in its
Act, are to train manpower for the developmental needs of the
Southern Sudan and similar regions in the country. It envisages the
development of this skilled manpower to seek and to determine
rational methods of exploitation of the vast natural resources of
the country for development .The objective takes into account the
building up of social life within the national goals of economic
development ,forging national integration and promoting human and
The University of Juba is the first of the emerging new national
universities, which are geared to take into account regional
peculiarities in their operation and philosophy of education. Like
the other institutions of higher learning in the country, it is
governed by the general policies and regulations of the National
Council for Higher Education and is similarly funded by the Higher
Education Grants Committee. Likewise, its student admission
programme falls into line with the general policies of the National
Admission Board. However, its admission programme takes into
account the special needs of the Southern Sudan.
Juba University is divided into eleven colleges: Medicine,
Engineering, Applied Sciences, Natural Resources and Environmental
Studies, Social and Economic Studies, Arts and Humanitarian
Studies, Music and Arts, Law, Rural Development, Management, and
College of Engineering
- In February 1997, the Vice Chancellor of the University of
Juba, invited a team of consultants to look into the possibility of
opening a College of Engineering in the University of Juba.
- The team submitted their report in September 1997 recommending
the establishment of the college. The report was considered by the
University Senate and the establishment of a College of Engineering
- To assist the nation in general, and the Southern region in
particular in the teaching and training of highly qualified, and
competent personnel in the different fields of engineering.
- To undertake research work that will help in solving national
- To render services to society with the view to promote its
- To create intimate relation with the industrial sector to
enhance mutual cooperation.
College of Applied
- In the world of the increasing technological complexity, the
knowledge of basic and applied science is a gateway to the pursuit
of many fields, Though necessary and essential, the availability of
capital by itself is not sufficient enough to automatically enhance
socio-economic development; which may require modifications and
improvements in the traditional production factors and processes,
The transfer of such technology or its modification to suit the
needs and requirements of a particular community or area is a
rather complex process, which requires grafting of imported
technology into the indigenous base, This can only be accomplished
if adequate indigenous competence and affective institutionalized
mechanism is established, The College of Applied and Industrial
Sciences was established to fill the gap of advancing technology
particularly in areas lagging behind and promote the role of
science as the basic tool for development, Emphasis is evenly
spread over basic and applied sciences, and extended to areas of
industrial production applied at small as well as larger scales,
Our target is the self-employed professional scientist, the
industrial and applied science researcher, This is because
self-employment in form of small industries is the first step
towards an industrialized private sector,
- The College of Applied and Industrial Sciences (CAIS) was
established in 1996, The Mission of the college is to provide
students with a wide range of educational opportunities, by which
they may impart technical knowledge and skills, achieve competence
in the various disciplines, promote lifelong learning and
contribute to the economy and the welfare of human kind.
- To enhance the economic well being of the Sudan at large and
Southern Sudan in particular through effective utilization of
resources and promote production by adapting proper technical
- To familiarize students on contemporary issues including the
fast pace of technological change, the nature of modern sciences
and associated industries.
- To prepare students for successful careers in industrial and
applied sciences both in the private and public sectors, and to
provide for personal development and professional competence.
- To encourage professional self employment technologist as a
boost to industrialization by spreading small industries.
College of Arts &
- Juba is a historical capital in Southern Sudan that acquires
local and federal attention. As such, it is expected to play a
major role in leading cultural and artistic activities in the south
and neighboring regions. So far, the University's Applied Sciences
Colleges have gained both national and international reputation,
but they lack their twin of Social Sciences, for example languages,
communication and other environmental and social Sciences which are
the main fields of the college of Arts and Humanities. The College
of Arts and Humanities was established through ratification of the
Senate and approval of the University Council granted on the 30th
of May 2000.
- To train diploma, bachelor degree and postgraduate candidates
in the fields of Arts, Languages and Humanities to serve the public
and private sectors.
- To provide in-service training courses for serving
- To revive the importance of Arts and Humanities and their role
in stimulating and promoting co-existence among different people
and races, as well as to enrich the African and International
- To act as a centre for consultancy and research on Arts,
Languages and Humanities.
- To maintain and enrich the cultural legacy of the nation.
- To establish and maintain contacts and links with similar
national, regional and international institutions to engage in
joint study and research activities.
College of Applied
- Besides the essentials of life, the humans mind and spirit have
yearning to be satisfied by thought and imagination. Man
appreciates observing artistic representation in paintings,
sculptures and reenactment of past events in the form of imagined
drama. Traditional folk culture includes music, songs and
- The three descriptive i.e., fine art, music and drama showing
artistic attainments are important for cultural education and
projection in the Sudan.
- Therefore with the above in view a college of Art, Music and
Drama was established in the University of Juba in 2001. The first
enrollment of the student took place in 2002 and that the college
was opened to function and operate in Juba in southern Sudan
- To train Diploma, Bachelor degree and Postgraduate candidates
in the field of fine and applied art, music and drama.
- To provide in-service study programmes for mature students and
- To undertake study programme to qualify art education teachers
in art, music and drama.
- To graduate qualified cadres in art, music and drama.
- To avail opportunities to some social sectors such as the
disabled (deaf, dumb and blind) for effective participation in art,
music and drama consequently boosting their contribution in the
- To cater for the diverse artistic activities and utilize them
- Reflect on the cultural and civilized heritage of art, and
drama characterizing Sudan and its link with the society and the
human heritage at large.
- Function as a research centre for fine and applied art, music,
drama as well as Sudanese folklore.
- Ascertain Sudanese identity and its authentication through the
curricula revised by the college and confirmed by the
- Realize objectives of national unity and cultural diversity
through interaction with the society.
- Establishment and consolidation of interaction with similar
regional and international institutes in research studies.
- In 1973, the College of Adult Education and Training was
initiated through the efforts of University of Khartoum and the
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (F.E.S.) of the Federal Republic of
Germany. The present college has undergone a lot of changes since
its establishment. It started with a 3 years Diploma and
Certificates programme in the areas of Adult Education and
Community Studies which continued till 1997. Then the college was
expanded to include the degree programme as well as the
postgraduate programme to meet the need of increasing number of
students and the development needs of the country in general and
the Southern Sudan in particular. With reference to University of
Juba Senate Resolution No. US/184/99/8-0 the name of the college
was changed to Community studies and rural Development.
- To develop technically competent and socially oriented manpower
at the various levels and on full time basis.
- To prepare individuals to take effective action with respect to
a wide range of socio-economic problems in the country.
- To impart essential knowledge and skills as well as encourage
and strengthen the capacities of community to influence rather than
merely adjust to their environment.
- To carryout researches in areas related to rural and community
- To influence policies and planning of various development
Computer Science & Information Tech
- Although comparatively young, computer science has had a major
impact on daily life during the last decades and its impact has,
perhaps, been more significant and more pervasive than that of many
other disciplines. The pace of development is increasing, specially
with respect to computer power, the World Wide Web and the
sophistication of many computer applications.
- In Sudan, undoubtedly, the awareness of the importance of
computer studies has dominated the various government and private
sector. To contribute to this exciting discipline the University of
Juba, on the same hand, has also given more room and awareness of
computer studies as a strategic contribution towards the promotion
of human resources through training on modern technologies linked
to computer application, whether in hardware or software.
- The University established the Computer Studies Centre (CSC) on
28th of July 1996, in accordance with the resolution of the Senate
and the authorization of and Juba University Council (statute
number 15). The Centre was opened with the latest technical
specifications. And its main aim was to meet the practical
requirement for short and intermediate training courses for
government and private institutions as well as individual
applicants. Since then, the CSC has developed courses which aim to
produce graduates with expertise in programming and in depth
knowledge of the methods involved in performing computations and
processing data with computers.
- Following the increase in the demand for computer graduates,
the college of Computer Science and Information Technology has been
established as an extension of the already existing programme of
the computer centre.
- To meet the need of labor market in the areas of software and
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills in computers
to enable them to succeed in their future life no matter in what
field of work they enter,
- To keep up with the tremendous development in the area of
computers and information technology.
- The College of Education (CED) is one of the oldest Colleges of
the University, established along with the College of Natural
Resources and Environmental Studies (CNRES) and the College of
Social and Economics Studies (CSES) in 1977. Its departments were:
Education, English, Arabic, English literature, Geography, History,
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
- The department of English Language and the department of
Literature were amalgamated into one department of English Language
and Literature. This department and the department of Arabic
Language used to offer language general courses to all the colleges
of the University till the Centre of Language and Translation took
over in 1997 after its initiation.
- Science departments’ courses were taught by CNRES because the
syllabuses of 1st and 2nd year were identical to the college of
education and students were few. However, when the number increased
in 1988 in the two colleges, the College of education established
its own Science departments.
- Students take a number of compulsory core courses in education
and choose two teaching subjects either from Arts or Science group.
In the third and fourth year of study, students undertake Teaching
Practice in schools, in and around Juba.
- Since its establishment, the College has made all efforts to
improve its curricula, which resulted in a new one, passed by the
Senate in its 187th meeting, held on August 24, 2000.
- The Vision of the College of Education will be the first in
integrating teaching and advancing knowledge relevant to the people
through its excellent programs and in preparing professionals who
will help in teaching and development of the society.
- The College Mission is to prepare teachers, scholars, and to
advance the profession of education through the science and art of
teaching and learning.
- The College has the following values:
- Academic excellence and relevance.
- Outstanding teaching and relevance.
- Diversity, equity and justice.
- Education for all.
- The objectives of the College of Education are:
- Training of diploma holders and graduates for the Basic and
- Training of practicing teachers, who are at present
- Assisting as may be required, in the training of basic School
- Acting as a resource center for the development of curricula
and the in service Education of teacher.
- Assisting, as may be required, in the establishment of a
professional cadre of directors and inspectors;
- Ensuring that the College carries out national and regional
College of Law College of
- The University of Juba has realized the importance of the
college of law, to promote the students legal awareness of the
application of justice in human society, to encourage the students
active participation in the community life and to dispense adequate
legal principles to maintain equality, equity and respect of
- In its meeting No. 16 held on September 14, 1998, the
University Council approved the establishment of the College. On
February 20/1999 the vice- chancellor act up a technical committee
to design the curriculum. which was passed by the senate on May
- The College offers various courses ranging from the award of
the degree of bachelor of law (LL.B) up to the higher degree of
Master of Law (LL.M) and Doctorate Degree (PhD), in public law,
Private law, and sharia”a. n the academic year of 1999-2000, the
college made a significant contribution to the programme of distant
education, with the initiation of offering the LL.B.I and LL.M
degrees. In the following academic year 2000/2001.the College
accepted eighty (80) regular students for the first national
The New Syllabus for the
- In view of number considerations, the administration of the
college of law had realized the need for the introduction of new
syllabus. The idea came about after the graduation of the first
batch students. The pursuance of studies for higher degree was
necessary and urgent. Consequently, the Vice- chancellor issued an
administration decree No 137/307 dated 20th. February 1999, vide a
committee was formulated to set up the syllabus which is currently
used for both regular and part-time students.
- At the end of the completion of the requirements the students
are awarded LL.B and LL.M degrees.
- The specific mission of the college, inter-alia, is to keep
pace with the contemporary conditions of development and with the
local regional and international changes. The academic syllabus is
made to offer courses whose qualifications suit eventually the
Sudanese realities of life and the actual needs of the same
society. Furthermore the college has aspirations to stand as a
guide or as a pioneer in Sudan and elsewhere in the study of law.
For its academic apex the college relies predominantly for
reference on the Sudanese legal system and on major schools of
- To train students to become judges and lawyers in the South and
- To render services of legal aid to citizens who cannot hire
lawyers to defend them before courts.
- To upgrade legal knowledge of the police force, prisons
wardens, administrative officers, game-scouts, chiefs and other
justice related groups by conducting certificate/non-certificate
- To impart to the public at large, general legal awareness by
conducting seminars, conferences and symposia.
- To undertake the teaching and research in customary law and
related disciplines in realization that custom is a source of
legislation in the Sudan.
- To promote studies on federalism and conflict resolution.
- To undertake developmental legal studies.
- To extend legal education to the nationals and non-nationals
through Distance Education.
- To conduct graduate studies in all disciplines of Law.
- In January 1978 the Vice Chancellor of the University of Juba,
Al Sammani Abdalla Yagoub invited a team of consultants from the
University of Khartoum and the Medical Council to consider the need
and justification for the establishment of the College of Medicine
in the University of Juba. The consultants report entitled "Report
on the Establishment of the College of Medicine" recommended that a
College of Medicine should be established at the University of
- This report was approved by the Council of University of Juba
and in 1979 the first batch of students was accepted for a course
of six years study. In Juba till 1988, the College of Medicine was
situated in the Town Campus, Clinical teaching was conducted in
Juba Teaching Hospital, Sabbah Children's Hospital, Juba Military
Hospital, and Buluk Eye clinic.
- In 1989, the University of Juba was moved to the Northern part
of Sudan due to war in the South. The College is presently located
in Omdurman. The College, so far, has graduated 23 batches.
- To alleviate the severe shortage of health manpower in the
Southern Sudan in particular and the Country in general;
- To strengthen the health delivery system; and
- To act as a reground referred centre for diagnosis and
treatment of diseases.
- To promote medical research and carryout post-graduate
Programme which includes:
- (i) Gain knowledge and technical skills to recognize,
interpret,and explain disease processes in the medical
- (ii) Effectively communicate medical information and findings
to colleagues and provide consultative information regarding
- (iii) Effectively direct, manage and lead the health service in
- (iv) Gain knowledge of evidence based practice of medicine and
develop research skills in the area of medicine relevant to the
Basic expectation of
- Develop an understanding of basic disease processes.
- Acquire skills needed to interpret medical data and make
- Develop skills in clinical subjects in the area of clinical
sciences including medicine, surgery, obs & paediatrics
- Develop investigative skills to better understand pathologic
processes in individual patients and population.
- Assume a leadership role in education of other allied
- Acquire knowledge and experience in health direction and
Engineering & Architecture
- It was a general belief that the best way to develop Southern
Sudan was through the rational exploitation of its vast natural
resources. Thus, it became one of the main motives for the opening
of the College of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies as
the prime college in the newly established University of Juba.
- The general learning objectives of the College of Natural
Resources and Environmental Studies involve the development of a
working vocabulary, apply scientific techniques, improve
observation powers and increase reasoning. Thereby preparing and
enabling the student to understand the general methodology of
natural, applied and environmental Sciences and to conceive
development regularities of the whole scientific environment.
- The objectives of the College of Natural Resources and
Environmental Studies are as follows:
- to train natural resources managers and thus satisfy the acute
shortage of skilled manpower in this area.
- to undertake research in natural resources and to determine
rational methods for their exploitation.
- to inculcate environmental awareness in the people.
- to participate in the development of the rural people through
College of Management
- The School of Management Sciences is an offshoot of the College
of Social and Economic Studies which opened twenty years ago. The
new school shall focus attention on the disciplines of accounting
and management in the public and private sectors.
- It will train technical and professional personnel in the
Social Sciences of Accounting, Business and Public Administration
in order to meet part of the national, state and local strategies
for social and economic development within the framework of
privatization and liberalization policies and plans.
- The school is acting as network for research conducted through
faculty members and students, and collect necessary data so as to
become an important link between the University of Juba, Government
Departments and institutions of civil society.
- The school is working through departments of Accounting,
Business Administration and Public Administration. and planning to
diversify the specialization in order to respond with all
departments in this field.
- Training of Diploma, Degree, and Postgraduate Degree candidates
in the Fields of Accounting, Business and Public Administration to
serve in both public and private sectors.
- Providing in-service training courses for serving officials,
entrepreneurs and business leaders to enable them participate in
the social and economic development of the Sudan.
- Acting as a resource centre for research and accumulation of
data on management systems and procedures.
- Assisting in the development of professional cadres for the
private and public sectors in the fields of management and
- To establish contacts and links with national and regional and
international institutions engaged in similar study and research
- As early as the thirties, a training programme was started in
Juba for clerks, typists and other personnel for the whole of the
Southern Sudan. The 'Trainees' as the students were known, resided
in the area presently occupied by the District Police
- In the mid-forties, the training programme was upgraded and the
place was recognized as the Juba Training Centre (JTC). This Centre
trained junior personnel like accountants, clerks, book-keepers,
medical assistants and public health officers. In 1954, the JTC was
phased out and the premises were converted to the present
commercial secondary school.
- The idea of a University in the South was first raised in March
1965 when, in response to the demand from Southern members, the
Round Table Conference resolved to establish a University in the
Southern Sudan. However, due to various problems, this was not
- In 1971, the Erkweit Conference, which was held in Juba that
year, recognized the need for a training facility in Juba and
recommended that the University of Khartoum should open a branch of
its Extra-Mural studies in Juba. This programme was duly started by
the University of Khartoum in November 1975.
- After the Addis Ababa Agreement, the first practical steps in
establishing a University in Juba were taken by the Regional
Government when a University of Juba Project was formed in 1973.
The Project was chaired by the Regional Minister of Education, and
Dr. Joseph Awad Morgan, as its Director, made internal and external
efforts to outline the general philosophy and objective of the
- In 1975, the President of the Republic, His Excellency, Gaffar
Mohammad Nimeri decreed the establishment of the University of Juba
and on the 9th. November 1975, its Act came into force. The Act
simultaneously established the College of Natural Resources and
Environmental Studies and the College of Social and Economic
Studies. In 1977 the Council of the University established the
College of Education and the College of Adult Education and
Training. In 1978, the College of Medicine was also established by
- In April 1976, the Commission of European Communities and the
Government of the Sudan held discussions aimed at funding a
programme of study for the new University. The Inter-University
Council of Britain accepted to be the coordinator of this study,
which was to be under-taken by an international group of
academicians. The report was completed in April 1977. On 15th
September of the same year, teaching started with 150 students in
four colleges. On 6th October, the University of Juba was formally
opened by the President of the Republic amidst great jubilation by
the citizens of Juba Town.
- In 1990, the Chairman of the Salvation Revolution Command
Council H.E. Lt. General Omer Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir issued the
University of Juba Act, signed on the 21st Zul'qaida 1410 Higria,
coinciding with the 14th June 1990 A.D. The Act was reviewed and
reissued in 1995.
Center of Distance
- Generally it is accepted that, better education and skilled a
society is, the better able it is to deal with ignorance, poverty,
disease and then untoward consequences. With this background, it is
needless to say that university education has become at the current
time a concern to all; to the extent that those who missed
university education for a reason or another tend to effortlessly
find ways and means of catching up with it. This is the reason
which generated the present project of Distance Education at the
University of Juba. The project, which constituted a vital vehicle
for great masses of Sudanese, civil workers who due to economic or
other pressures of life were unable to attend university education.
In light of this the establishment of the Center for Distance
Education (CDE) within the University of Juba has been a great
welcome. However, the CDE does not mark the first initiative of
Distance Education in Sudan. Various institutions impart it but the
Juba University Centre for Distance education is unique in terms of
language of instruction and the diversity of its programs. CDE puts
dropouts back in their educational tracks. Nowadays, fresh
graduates are grasping the opportunity to widen their knowledge
through enrolling in the center for Distance Education. The state
of fact indicates that great masses of civil workers within the
Sudan, particularly in South Sudan after the CPA and the
surrounding countries are in dire need and fully desirous to obtain
degrees through such an institution.
- The establishment of the Center for Distance Education (CDE)
came into effect upon the issuance of the decree by the Vice
Chancellor of Juba University on April 4, 1998, and was approved on
the University Council on September 14, 1998.
- Dissemination of knowledge, upgrading technical skill, Capacity
Building and promoting national and international awareness of as
many sectors as possible to trigger the required changes and
developments not only within limits of Sudan but further across
African and Arab nations; thereby paying due contribution to the
Arab Unity and the African solidarity by making it possible for
them to confront the shortcomings of globalization.
- To emphasize the principle of the right of education for all
through offering a flexible venue for those who suffered from
economic, social or particular hardships that deprived them from
completing their university study by satisfying its basic
- To offer suitable training and instructional opportunities that
drive at the development of human resources wherein education has a
- To supervise the admission of students under distance
- To coordinate with colleges, schools, centers, and departments
offering courses in distance education to prepare the input
material for courses.
- To administer all activities related to distance education in
- To carry out all preparations and documentation of all
information related to distance education in the university.
- To promote distance education in the university through the
various appropriate channels.
- To establish links with national and international institutions
of distance education.
- To disseminate knowledge to greater number of people nationally
Dev & Continual Education
Center of Language &
- Years back, the University of Juba has been thinking about the
establishment of an academic body to cater for languages. The need
became more urgent when the language policy of the government
stated that English and Arabic have to be taught in all the
disciplines in all classes and in all the Universities in the
country. A committee was setup to draw up the scope of the Centre
and to propose a statute. A director for the centre was appointed
The Statute of the Centre for Languages and Translation passed
by the Senate on March 24, 1998, was approved by the University
Council on September 14, 1998.
- Language is a major factor among others which are essential for
the unity of a nation. It is both the means of daily communication
and the main vehicle for a people’s culture which embodies their
thought and their values; indeed the very soul of man is expressed
in his language. Universities are the institutions responsible of a
people’s culture: its preservation, its development and its
dissemination; they are also responsible for the study of language
as a human phenomenon undertaken by the departments of humanities
and sociology. A diversity of language though may be rich in its
own right as reflecting colorful modes of culture hampers national
unity especially in countries that are vast and wide and poorly
connected as Sudan.
- Arabic is the mother tongue of most of the citizens of Sudan
and has been rapidly becoming a lingua franca of other non-Arabic
speaking groups due to historical contact and lately to the
migration of the majority tribal groups to central Sudan escaping
troubled home-lands. Nevertheless large sections of the population
remain isolated following their age – old occupations as
subsistence farmers; they speak their own vernacular.
- The University of Juba since its inception has had as one of
its objectives the study of Sudanese languages-especially those
spoken in the southern region; Arabic or English as their lingua
franca; an awardees of language is daily felt. Since its movement
to Khartoum, more than fifteen years ago, Arabic has been taught to
non-Arabic speaking students as a second language in the hope that
eventually it will become the medium of instruction to all
students. English is also compulsory to all students as university
- The specific objectives of the CPDS are as follows:
- To promote and formulate the University policy in the field of
Language training and research.
- To stimulate, promote and coordinate research plans on Sudanese
Languages in accordance with University Act and Philosophy.
- To provide teaching for Arabic and English Languages as
University requirements and to develop and set up programmes for
- To strengthen and improve student capabilities, in Language
- To provide avenue for relevant publications, seminars and
- To provide translation services.
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